3 Indications That It's Time To Replace Your Roof

Posted on: 17 June 2017

Are you struggling with the question of whether or not to repair your roof or to have it completely replaced? Following are three strong indications that total replacement may be in order. 

The Age of Your Roof 

Roofs made from asphalt shingles generally don't last more than 20 years. Even though asphalt is fairly low maintenance, there's no real way to make it last longer or to revitalize it once it begins to show serious signs of wear and tear. You can realistically expect your metal roof to last for 40 years or more, and wooden roofs will vary considerably depending on specifics such as maintenance and environment. For instance, if you live in an area with a high degree of atmospheric humidity, your wooden roof may have to be replaced more often than its counterparts in more arid areas. Slate and stone roofing can last as long as 100 years, so unless your home is very old, you most likely won't have to worry about replacing roofs made from these materials unless you simply want a different look. 

Shingle Granules in Gutters 

If there are shingle granules in your gutter or on the ground around your downspout, this means that your shingles are literally falling apart. There's no way to repair this situation, and it will only continue to get worse. Shingle granules are a clear sign that it's time to have a new roof installed. Always make checking for shingle granules a regular part of your exterior inspection routine so that you can catch the problem shortly after it begins. Keep in mind that it's better to replace a roof when it first becomes apparent that replacement is inevitable rather than waiting until the situation becomes dire. This gives you time to speak with contractors and develop a solid strategy rather than having to deal with a rush job. 

Excessive Leaking

If you're always finding yourself planting buckets throughout your home to catch water from a leaky roof every time it rains, it's time to call your local roofing contractor for an estimate on the installation of a new roof. This is particularly true if the leaks are occurring in multiple parts of the home. A single leak in one specific area, for instance, might be able to be successfully repaired, provided the rest of the roof is in good shape, but excessive leaking usually means it's time for a roof replacement. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to your local roofing contractor at your convenience to learn more about whether it's time to replace your roof. 

For more information, contact a company like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.